Celebrating our NYAC 2020 Retirees

Thank you to the retiring class of 2020 for your years of faithful service and your passion for Christ, Christ’s Church and His people. It has been a long journey, with times along the way when the road seemed rough and the load seemed heavy. But with God’s grace, you persevered. You shared the gospel and brought souls to the Lord and yes, you did good.

The seeds these retiring clergy have sown are still sprouting. The harvest is ongoing. Their work has not been in vain.

As they take their leave, we pray that this new season in their lives overflows with blessings. May the love of Christ Jesus surround them. May they find rest, peace and lots of laughter in the days ahead. And may their memories fuel the fire for even greater accomplishments in the future.

1 Corinthians 2:9 says “But as it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”

Not all of our retiring clergy are represented in the videos below, but to all beginning their season of rest, we say "thank you" for your answering your call within the New York Annual Conference. We love, appreciate and salute you all:

Rev. Matthew Byung-Ho Ahn Rev. Wayne Lavender
Rev. Mark T. Allen Rev. Dai Hoon Lee
Rev. Gennifer Brooks Rev. Sandra J. Moore
Rev. T. Anne Daniel Rev. Dorothy Morris
Rev. Jani Darak-Druck Rev. Jeffrey Oak
Rev. Lillian Hertel Rev. Peggy Ann Sauerhoff
Rev. Janet Hodge Rev. Robert O. Simpson
Rev. Vera Issac Rev. Joseph L. Upole
Rev. Steven M. Knutsen Rev. James R. Van Shaick


Please watch and celebrate these clergy as they share their thoughts about tomorrow and memories of their ministries. To God be the glory.

Rev. Matthew Byung-Ho Ahn

Rev. Dr. Gennifer B Brooks

Rev. Jani Darak-Druck

Rev. Vera Isaacs

Rev. Wayne Lavender

Rev. Dai Hoon Lee

Rev. Dorothy M. Morris

Rev. Joseph L. Upole



Rev. James R. Van Shaick